I have a jobsite safety program already in place, and I’m getting ready to implement a quality assurance program. Should the two be treated as separate programs or can I make them both work together?
There is, and should be, room within a quality program for safety initiatives. Inspection procedures can include tracking and recording the presence of trained personnel, the use of safety equipment, compliance with worksite rules, and work conditions. If quality inspections uncover safety problem areas, preventing recurrence draws from the strength of the quality improvement processes. First, quality methods are used to uncover root causes and plan changes that prevent recurrence of the issue. This could involve changing equipment, materials, construction methods, work rules, or company policy. Regular toolbox talks can be used to communicate safety changes to field personnel.